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Analysis: Optus Fetch Mighty DVR Hard Drive

Walking around the neighbourhood one day, I come across a pile of discarded technology. Another salvage opportunity. I’m so excited … and I just can’t hide it! In the pile of junk, I find an Optus Fetch Mighty DVR. It … Continue reading

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Random: 3M Views, Birthday Analysis and Taronga Zoo

“It’s been a while since I last posted.” “A lot has happened since my last posting …” It’s unfortunate, but I’m afraid that this might be the way I start most of my posts in the future. Life has become … Continue reading

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Repair: Mezzo ESM-008 Sewing Machine Power Jack Assembly

Sometimes, the best thing in life is not knowing what might happen next. After I repaired a washing machine using some rather funny trickery, this week, it was the sewing machine that needed attention. The particular sewing machine was a … Continue reading

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Salvaged: eX-power 75Wh Laptop/USB Power Bank

Sometimes it pays to hang around various tertiary institutions. Case in point, when earlier this week, a group was moving out of their old lab into a new one. Events like these are often the impetus for a proper clean-up … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: TP-Link Archer T2UHP AC600 High Power USB Adapter

I had looked at a relatively cheap dual-band 802.11ac dual-stream USB Wi-Fi adapter recently and it seemed that the pain of single-band Wi-Fi solutions may be soon coming to an end. Unfortunately, that adapter did have some design quirks and … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded 4-port USB 3.0 Type-C Hub (T-511C/K-UH301)

There comes a time when, if you’re like me, you run out of USB ports on your main computer. Like it or not, almost everything connects via USB – for example, I have a webcam, keyboard, mouse, printer (or two), … Continue reading

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Failed Repair: Samsung U28D590D 27″ UHD 4K LCD Monitor

It’s amazing how busy I’ve been lately, to the point that things are just piling up without a chance to get posted. Luckily, it’s now Easter break and I have a little time I can spend catching up. On Thursday, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded AC1200 Dual-Band USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter

In the short span of about two decades, Wi-Fi went from being a luxury that you would consider a limited alternative to a cabled Ethernet connection, useful for mobile devices only, to something resembling a near-replacement for the cabled Ethernet … Continue reading

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Failed: Okuma CNC Lathe Control IPL 3.5″ Floppy Data Recovery

In mid-January this year, a reader contacted me regarding their set of control floppies for an Okuma CNC lathe. Owing to the age of the equipment, the control program is loaded into volatile SRAM, backed-up by a battery. Every five … Continue reading

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Repair: LG WF-T552A 5.5kg TurboDrum Washing Machine

In what seems to be just another day at the office home, something always manages to need my attention. This time, it was our washing machine which was behaving strangely. This particular machine was an LG WF-T552A TurboDrum 5.5kg with … Continue reading

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A Belated Happy New Year?

“Happy New Year!” There. I said it at long last. But a quarter of the year has already passed, you exclaim loudly at your monitor. It’s bloody March! You’re too late even for the Lunar New Year! Yes, indeed it … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Western Digital Raptor/Velociraptor Hard Drives

When it comes to computer memory, the tiers of storage always end in mass storage as being the system bottleneck. Hard drives, colloquially referred to as spinning rust, were the dominant technology for the vast majority of computers from the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: BenQ DW1640 DVD±RW Drive Specialties

The final part of a series of postings about the BenQ DW1640 DVD±RW drive looks at some of its other special features and explains why I’m so fond of this particular drive. Quality Testing When users burn recordable discs, they … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: BenQ QSuite v2.1

One thing that made owning a late-model BenQ DVD recorder worthwhile was the decent writing quality it had out of the box, along with the amount of tweakability the unit had. Knowing what I know now, an earlier Plextor drive … Continue reading

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Repair: BenQ DW1640 DVD±RW Drive Tray with Chinese Belts

In an era where IDE and DVDs have been left behind in preference for SATA and Bluray, it might seem strange that I’m choosing to repair my retail BenQ DW1640 DVD±RW Drive. Like many optical drives of any vintage, the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Telecom Australia 600-series Adapters & Extensions

In the present day where landlines are a dying breed and mobile telecommunications has become ubiquitous, the beige-cream coloured Telecom Australia 600-series socket remains a common sight in Australian households. While I have no idea when the 600-series socket came … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: LaCie 2200mAh Promotional Power Bank

Earlier this year, I attended the SMPTE exhibition and was lucky enough to receive a power bank as part of the bag of goodies that I snagged, thanks to LaCie and Silicon Memory Technologies. As a result, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Tested: Fake(?) Motorola ED30 Battery for Moto G (XT1032) 1st Gen

The Motorola Moto G was quite a popular “value” Android smartphone. It had a good value-for-money factor, and as a result, it became the phone of choice for my Dad who was an “intermediate” user that didn’t demand the power … Continue reading

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Opinion: Why Everybody Should Care About Net Neutrality

The internet is a magnificently complex, diverse and distributed network which has been the product of decades of research. This has, in a short space of half a century, become one of the dominant means of communication today. Owing to … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: DingTong DT-98 8W 403-470Mhz Handheld Transceiver

Imagine my surprise when stopping to catch the bus one day, I see a hand-held radio in the grass not far from the bus stop. I was in a hurry and had to leave, so I hopped on the bus … Continue reading

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Opinion: Transport for NSW 26 Nov 2017 Timetable Changes

It’s been just over two full weeks since Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) introduced a new timetable. The changes are claimed to increase capacity, adding extra services across the network across all modes. These changes were signalled by bright … Continue reading

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Teardown: Philips BDP2180/79 3D Blu-ray Player with Stuck Tray

Around three or four years ago, coincident with my purchase of a 3D TV, I decided to buy a Blu-ray player. I decided to opt for a 3D capable unit, so as to have something to watch on the new … Continue reading

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Review: Weekend with the Asus Tinker Board

I’m not the person to have a lot of desires around Christmas time, as most of the time, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are only exercises in leading the less-scrupulous to part with their money through “false markdowns”. However, … Continue reading

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Review: Samsung 128Gb EVO Plus microSDXC Card (MB-MC128G)

During my recent trip to Hong Kong, there was ample reason to get myself a few more microSD cards. They’re just so ubiquitous nowadays, and prices are coming down. As a result, I scoured all of Golden Computer Centre looking … Continue reading

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Netflix Uses My VHS Cassette Images Without Permission

Update: Matter fully resolved. Case closed! Updates at the end of article. Maybe you’re aware of Netflix, maybe you even have a subscription for their services. You might have also heard of or watched a series called Stranger Things, produced … Continue reading

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Teardown: Generic QC2.0 15W Charger (TCAU15U-050912)

Owing to the growing market-share of Qualcomm devices sporting Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 capabilities, the market for such devices has grown substantially. As part of reviewing some power banks with QC-capabilities, it would not be possible to assess their … Continue reading

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Moments to Disaster: Hard Drive Failure & SMART Data

While I was away on holiday, blissfully enjoying my time outdoors, I wasn’t aware that a disaster was brewing at home. I got a message from my brother that his machine had started making a clicking noise, and it was … Continue reading

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USB Connector Resistance: Another reason for slow phone/tablet charging

It was back in 2014 when I first published about USB cable resistance as one reason why your phone or tablet might be charging slowly. At the time, quality cables with good gauge wires were hard to find, and many … Continue reading

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Event: BoM Space Weather Users Workshop (16 – 17 Nov 2017)

Usually, I tend to make an effort to make a few postings throughout the weekends, but this weekend has been a little bit of an exception. That’s because on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November, I attended the Bureau of … Continue reading

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Repair (?): ICOM IC-R75 that won’t turn on!

Returning home from holidays is not easy. In some sense, I’d like to call it a holiday hangover. You start walking on the wrong side of the road, sleeping at odd hours, and in perpetual need of energy to unpack … Continue reading

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